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which is stand and fight. >> president obama was in mexico city, but he talked about this gun battle. in fact, he kind of interrupted a question that was aimed at his counterpart in mexico. here's what president obama had to say. >> the last time we had major gun legislation, it took six, seven, eight tries. things happen somewhat slowly in washington. but this is just the first round. >> i want to bring in msnbc contributor dave weigel who was at that mccain town hall in tucson. dave, he was asked about the future of background checks, but i wonder, was john mccain a little less clear about where this goes next than the president was? >> he meandered a little bit. he was asked once if he would sit down with jeff blake and convince him, the arizona senator, he said he would take the advice. he didn't say he would convince him. he just said he'd think about it. he said there's a 50/50 chance of a version of the gun bill coming up. you find a lot of gun activists, a lot of them recent gun activists. i talked to people at the town hall who were shot up to three times by jared loughner i
a claim? that's allstate home insurance with claim free rewards. talk to an allstate agent... [ doorbell rings ] >>> in 45 minutes, president obama is scheduled to leave for mexico city for a face-to-face meeting with mexico's newly elected president. he took office in december and in a potentially confrontational change from his predecessor, he's expected to give u.s. authorities less access in fighting the drug war and organized crime. of course, immigration is also on the agenda, important for 33 million u.s. residents of mexican origin, who have the potential to increase pressure on congress to act. joining me now, jose diaz. always good to see you. thank you very much for coming to us from mexico city. >> good to see you, chris. thank you very much. >> let's start with immigration. >> good to see you. immigration, one of the subjects that -- sorry. >> i was going to say that the new president is under some pressure to take a more public stand on immigration. why has he been hesitating? >> you know, i don't think he's been hesitating as much as he's been focused on othe
values as a democratic society. >> all right. let's talk about your values as a democratic society that you believe we should have. president obama alluding to those, although not yesterday, when it comes to gun law and gun legislation. largely really brushing off that issue. how might you, as you look at the mansion issue, mansion saying he sees another opportunity at introducing legislation, but after the failure, how does one regain the momentum on this subject? >> we regain the momentum by understanding what happened in newtown and littleton and other places. the house of representatives is paid to vote on an issue. now, the senate, despite the disappointment of a failed vote, at least they had the courage to vote. the house of republicans under speaker john boehner, is hiding behind the senate. people deserve a vote. you can vote yes on background checks, as i would, you can vote no on background checks, but speaker boehner, give these americans the vote that they deserve. it is a dereliction of duty for the house of representatives not even to bring a vote on background check
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